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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 198: Led by PFF aircraft, 675 B-17s and 188 B-24s are dispatched to hit the industrial area at Frankfurt, Germany; 590 B-17s and 170 B-24s hit the primary target; 46 B-17s bomb Ludwigshafen due to a deviation from planned bomb route; they claim 75-27-48 Luftwaffe aircraft; 24 B-17s and 5 B-24s are lost, 2 B-17s and 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 116 B-17s and 19 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 22 KIA, 32 WIA and 299 MIA. Escort is 89 P-38s, 503 P-47s and 40 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 47-6-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 P-38s and 10 P-47s are lost, 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair and 3 P-38s and 1 P-47 are damaged; casualties are 14 MIA. This is first Eighth Air Force mission in which more than 700 aircraft attack targets.

Mission 199: During the evening, 5 of 5 B-17s drop 1.2 million leaflets on Lille, Tours, Lorient, Nantes and Valenciennes, France without loss. HQ 458th Bombardment Group (Heavy) arrives at Horshal St Faith, England from the US.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,